Welcome, Author Ericka Clay!

The ink is newly dried on Bannerwing’s agreement with author Ericka Clay to release her novel, Unkept, early next year. Ericka is a force to be reckoned with: novelist, blogger, and founding editor of Tipsy Lit, an online magazine that promotes the work of indie authors. We are thrilled to be working with her.

We are also thrilled to kick off our YouTube channel with Ericka introducing herself to you as only she can:

Connect with Ericka online:

ErickaClay.com | Tipsy Lit | Facebook | Twitter | Google+

An Interview With Author Stephanie Ayers

Steph Close upStephanie Ayers spends much of her free time living in the alternate universes created inside her imagination or from the pages of another’s. When she’s not writing, she mothers her 4 children, loves her husband, attends church, and neglects housework as often as possible.

Stephanie’s debut romantic suspense novella, Til Death Do Us Part, was published in 2013, and her short story “Fear” appears in Precipice, Volume II.

 

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I’m not writing, I’m usually playing parent to four scoundrels, hanging out on Facebook, window shopping, or reading. For downtime, I usually relax in front of the television three or four evenings a week to catch a favorite show like The Voice, Once Upon A Time, American Horror Story, etc.

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually find interesting eBooks in the 100 best free kindle section of Amazon, by word of mouth, or promotion on Facebook. I currently have more books in my Kindle app than I will probably be able to read this year.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I remember writing was a fourth grade assignment about a talking and dancing peanut. I have no memory of what the story was really about, and unfortunately, I don’t have a copy of it, either.

What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is like asking me to choose a favorite child! Though I am mostly a horror and fantasy fan, I read in many genres. Here are the first five that come to mind:

  1. The Stand by Stephen King—I pretty much love almost everything he has ever written, but this is the one story that has always stayed with me, entices me to write as creatively.
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth—this is a new favorite because I am the protagonist in this story.
  3. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke—I have yet to see the movie because I’m afraid it will ruin the book for me, I love it that much. Reading people in and out of stories is an amazing idea of magic in a story rich with interesting, inventive characters, even as she skillfully weaves the modern world and the fantasy one together.
  4. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton—The vivid descriptions and lack of clichés inspire my own writing.
  5. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll—what’s NOT to love about this book? I’m thoroughly jealous of his imagination and Wonderland is one of my favorite escapes ever.

What do your fans mean to you?
They challenge me to write better, to want to keep them at the edge of the seat, to make them keep turning the pages, and never wanting my stories to end. Their reactions encourage me to keep writing, and most of all, to continue sharing my words.

Here’s a quote that sums it all up in a nutshell:

“The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.”- Ursula K. Le Guin

Til Death official book coverWant more? The full interview can be found on her Smashwords bio page.

You can find Stephanie’s words in print and in the digital format of your choice from the following retailers:

Smashwords {all ebook formats}

Amazon {print and Kindle}

Barnes & Noble {print and Nook}

Kobo {epub}

iTunes {iBook}

 

Connect with Stephanie online:
Twitter | Facebook | Blog | Google+